LETTER: Messages are in poor taste

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 04:56 AM

To the Editor:

Let me begin by stating I am a supporter of fracking in N.C. I understand that there are some that are not and I fully support their right to speak out against it. That being said, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.

As I was traveling down Center Church Road, my attention was caught by a sign that is located directly across from the entrance/exit to Tramway Elementary. Now for a good amount of time I have seen this sign with various statements against fracking in N.C. This trip, however, I saw something I find to be in absolutely horrible taste! In very bright colors, the sign read: “Are you fracking crazy.” Call me old-fashioned, but I think it is reprehensible that someone would put this up knowing Tramway has begun their new school year and many, many children will be reading this sign. Some kids will have no idea what this alludes to, some will know fully what it means, and some kids will ask their parents or other adults what this means.

I noticed today that the sign has now been changed. I was happy to see this until I read the new message. Now it reads: “Why Would Jesus Frack.” I admit that this is better than the previous message, but I still find it to be in very poor taste. As a Christian father, I fight very hard to teach my children, as best I can, to live according to God’s holy word. I have spent years instilling in them Christian values. One of those values is to have respect for and to revere our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It disgusts me to see someone use the holy name of Jesus Christ in this manner!

It is a shame that an adult would use such poor judgment in relaying [his or her] message! In the future, I would greatly appreciate if the owner of this sign would be more responsible with the messages they display for all of our children to see. In the meantime, I pray that I am overreacting and the concerns that I have have not come to be.

Jeremy Cleary